The Russian Federation in association with the Kamchatka Mountaineering and Climbing Federation recently hosted a successful ISMF Referee Training Course, lead by Jordi Canals (Spain). The 12 participants were of a high standard and even assisted in the organisation of a successful Sprint Race, the first to take part in Russia.

The instructors were impressed not only with the participants who still have a final piece of homework to do before being graded, but also by the strong interest shown by local authorities, in particular by Dary Rasulova and Valery Karpenko of the Kamchatka Regional Government. The ISMF looks forward to seeing some new Russian referees on the international circuit in the not too distant future.